Yesterday was the first long run on the training plan. It was a 6 miler, nothing too daunting, yet. I ran them alone, the boys didn’t want to join me on their bikes and I opted not to take the dogs. It was chilly and I realized from winters past I am not a good cold weather runner. I’m the complete opposite of my other running friends who dreaded the summer runs. In fact in the summer, it was uncomfortable but I loved it. So, I bundled up, with my beanie, gloves, and my long sleeves. One mile in my beanie fell off so I had to pause my app on my phone, but my gloves wouldn’t let me make good contact on the touch screen. I pulled my right glove off, paused the app, turned back to pick up my beanie, stuffed it in my fuel belt, started my app, began running as I put my glove back on and proceeded on…by mile 3 I was circling back to the house. Once I got there I removed my gloves, paused the app, took off some gear, drank some water, and finished the other three. I was not feeling like finishing this run at all. In fact I remember thinking, “My GPS is off because this feels like the longest 6 mile run EVER!” My toes stayed cold, my cheeks stayed cold, and my mind was not in the zone at all. I kept thinking of a warm shower, warm cup of coffee, and pancakes. Why do I think of pancakes when I am running? My time was decent. I finished a little under an hour. My splits were between 9:14 and 9:40 with the exception of one I think was 10:04. I need to get my game on if I’m going to be doing these long runs in 30 degree or less weather. After about mile 4 or 5 are start getting in my happy place where I can run and run and run. Today is cross training, and I walked my dogs for 40 mins. I’m going to include some weights and some Pilates in my routine today. I like Sundays for cross training, it gives me flexibility to do whatever I want. I think I like that…doing whatever I want. Run Happy!